2018 
UAS4STEM
CHALLENGE

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What is UAS4STEM?

UAS4STEM is a team-orientated, competitive program for middle and high school students to build their own drone, learn about aviation and practice STEM-related skills. 2018 will the be the first year for the UAS4STEM Collegiate Challenge, designed for university students to learn, practice, and demonstrate professional unmanned aircraft system (UAS) knowledge, mission planning, flight skills, data collection, analysis, and safety practices in a competitive environment. 



LEARN ABOUT UAS4STEM
LEARN ABOUT UAS4STEM
High School Program

Scroll down for some basic FAQs.

Collegiate Program

Register for the high school and collegiate programs here!

What do drones have to do with STEM education and STEM-related careers? 

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), which includes both drones and model aircraft,  play an integral role in helping educate youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM),  and pursuing future careers in STEM-related fields. The UAS4STEM competition provide young people with opportunities to simulate real life uses for drones in a fun, educative, and competitive setting. 

Many famous aviators, including astronauts Neil Armstrong and Robert "Hoot" Gibson, and aerospace pioneer Burt Rutan, point to model aviation as the gateway to their interest in aviation and subsequent careers. 

For the high school competition, all fees are included in the cost of UAS4STEM kit. Each UAS4STEM kit is $1995.00 and is limited to 8 people. This cost is fixed, so a team with 8 members would cost less per team member than a team with only 4 members. This includes entry fees for regional and national competitions. This does not include expenses or travel to and from a contest site. 

For the collegiate competition, the program registration fee is $995.00 and teams must consist of at least 4 people. This includes temporary PIX4D licenses for each student, the online curriculum, UMASC membership for teams, and competition entry fees. Keep in mind, each participant at the college level must be an AMA member. 

Schools and clubs are allowed to have more than one team, if needed to accommodate all the interested students.

FAQs

What is included in the UAS4STEM kit? 

The UAS4STEM kit includes “everything in one box” that you need for the program. Each kit includes access to the UAS4STEM Online Ground School, online build series, Quadzilla quadcopter kit, Pixhawk AutoPilot w/GPS, RC System, onboard camera, handheld video monitor, video transmitter, RC Flight Simulator, 2 batteries, 1 charger. Teams will need to provide their own laptop to run the ground control station software.

How much does it cost to participate in the UAS4STEM competition? And, how big are the teams?

What ages are allowed to participate?  

The youth UAS4STEM competition is designed for ages 11-19, kids in middle and high school. The collegiate program has no age restrictions, but all team members must be a current college student with email ending in .edu.

Yes! Fundraising is an essential part of each UAS4STEM team’s season. Each team will need extra funds for the competition for things like travel expenses and food. There are a lot of different ways your team can raise funds. We’ve put together a list of resources by state to help your team be successful fundraisers! Find this list, along with our fundraising toolkit, online here

Are there resources to help my team fundraise? 

Do you have to win a regional contest to participate in the nationals?

No. While all regional winners will be invited to compete in the national event, additional teams who participate in the regional level  may be invited for scoring exceptionally well. Also, if a winning team cannot participate in the national event, runner-up teams will then be invited.

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The location of regional competitions has not been determined yet. However, AMA has over 2,400 flying sites nationwide. Our goal is to provide a regional competition within a few hours drive for most teams. Teams near large population centers will most likely have a regional competition close by. Teams that may be a greater distance from a site may need to travel further. We plan to be very flexible in locations and can add additional regional locations as necessary to help accommodate additional teams. 

Where will the competitions be held?

When will the competitions be held?

UAS4STEM regional competition will be held in the Spring 2018. Locations in warmer climates will have their competitions in March/April of 2018, while teams further north will have their regionals is April/May 2018.

Collegiate competitions will be held in the summer of 2018 at the Academy of Model Aeronautics headquarters.

About the Academy of Model Aeronautics 

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), founded in 1936, serves as the nation’s collective voice for approximately 200,000 modelers in 2,400 clubs in the United States and Puerto Rico. Headquartered in Muncie, Indiana, AMA is a membership organization representing those who fly model aircraft for recreation and educational purposes. For more information, visit www.modelaircraft.org

UAS4STEM High School Program Info

Ages: The youth UAS4STEM competition is designed for ages 11-19, kids in middle and high school.

Competitions: UAS4STEM regional competition will be held in the Spring 2018. Locations in warmer climates will have their competitions in March/April of 2018, while teams further north will have their regionals is April/May 2018.

CostEach UAS4STEM kit is $1995.00 and is limited to a team of 4-8 people. This cost is fixed, so a team with 8 members would cost less per team member than a team with only 4 members. This includes entry fees for regional and national competitions. This does not include expenses or travel to and from a contest site.

*All fees are included in the cost of UAS4STEM kit.

UAS4STEM Collegiate Program Info

CostFor the collegiate competition, the program registration fee is $995.00 and must consist of at least 4 people. This includes temporary PIX4D licenses for each student, the online ground school, UMASC membership for teams, and competition entry fees. Keep in mind, each participant at the college level must be an AMA member.

*All fees are included in the cost of UAS4STEM kit.

Ages: The collegiate program has no age restrictions, but all team members must be a current college student with email ending in .edu.

Competitions:  The Collegiate competitions will be held in the summer of 2018 at the Academy of Model Aeronautics headquarters located in Muncie, IN

Please note schools and clubs are allowed to have more than one team, if needed to accommodate all the interested students.

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